The True Tragic Hero In Antigone: A True Tragic Hero

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A True Tragic Hero F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy." This belief is based on the Greek definition of tragedy, a story of a person who starts in a high position in society and declines throughout the story to end up in a lesser position than where he or she started. This person is the tragic hero. The tragic hero is the character who falls from power due to both fate and a fatal flaw. Aristotle explains that the tragic hero should achieve some revelation or recognition about human error. Although many people believe Antigone to be the tragic hero, Creon is the true tragic hero because he falls from a position of power, has a fatal flaw, and achieves some revelation. In a tragedy, a tragic hero falls from grace as a result of his fatal flaw. In the play Antigone, Creon’s fatal flaw is his stubbornness and his concern for his public image. After talking to Tiresias, Creon explains, “for to yield is a terrible thing, but it is just as terrible to give up my anger”(1105). This shows that Creon wants to change his mind and let Antigone go. This ...

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